Chaos Outside Madras HC as Lawyers Protest

Lawyers of the Madras High Court, on Monday, took action to demand the withdrawal of amendments made to the Advocates Act, 1961, in May this year. The primary cause of the agitation was the Bar Council of India’s decision to suspend 126 lawyers from Tamil Nadu, banning them from practising law in any part of the country. Amongst those suspended, include members of the Joint Action Committee, Bar Council of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu and more.
The amendments made to the Advocates Act gives the High Court the power to file disciplinary action against lawyers found to be violating terms. According to the Act, lawyers would be prosecuted for taking part in activities like trying to influence judges, protesting within the court’s premises, showing up in an intoxicated state and more.
These amendments were drawn up after continuous protests by lawyers in 2014 and 2015, continuing into this year. The lawyers argue that such rules prevent them from practicing the law freely and goes against their rights. The High Court, however, argues that that such guidelines help maintain the decorum of the court.
The lawyers chanted various slogans against Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Madras HC Chief Justice. Large groups of policemen were deployed as security around the HC and iron barricades were put up as additional protective measures. The situation saw signs of escalation when protestors attempted to trespass, but were prevented in time by the police.

IIT-Madras establishes cancer tissue bio-bank

Chennai: The day is not far away when quicker detection, effective treatment and cheaper drugs are available at home. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras, in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has set up within its campus India’s first ever bio-bank dedicated entirely to cancer research.

The project mainly focuses on collecting cancer tissues from voluntary individuals; doctors and institutions treating other cancer patients. This will help build a database on the incidence of cancer, the different kinds present today, diagnostics and treatment.

Prof S Mahalingam, Department of Biotechnology, IIT (M) said, “This is aimed at discovering ‘personalised treatment’ with less side effects, early detection and prevention of cancer.” In addition, he also said that they would take measures for appropriate collection, transportation and storing of such tissue in the centralised tissue bank. Facilities such as cell sorting, super-resolution imaging system would be made available, along with allowing access to other approved research institutions.

The DST and IIT (M) together have earmarked 31.71 crores for this purpose. They have allocated 10,000 sq feet space for the bio bank along with storage and security facilities.

–          Nayantara N

For more, read: http://www.newindianexpress.com/education/student/First-ever-Cancer-Tissue-Biobank-in-IIT-Madras/2014/01/29/article2025143.ece

Haasan gets emotional, says will leave TN

“I am a victim of a political game,” said Kamal Haasan at a press conference in Chennai. Distraught by the stay in the release of his magnum opus Vishwaroopam, Kamal hinted at finding another ‘secular’ country to live in. “Like the way MF Hussain did,” he said.

Produced at a budget of Rs 90 crores, Kamal has claimed of pledging all his property on this film. Vishwaroopam was banned in Tamil Nadu after Muslim groups protested over the alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.

Watch an emotional Kamal Haasan talk about his movie, at this link.

A still from Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam. The actor plays a Kathak dancer in the film.
A still from Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam. The actor plays a Kathak dancer in the film.